lipoic acid

noun
li·​po·​ic acid | \lī-ˈpō-ik-, li-\

Definition of lipoic acid 

: any of several microbial growth factors especially : a fatty acid C8H14O2S2 that is essential for the oxidation of alpha-keto acids (such as pyruvic acid) in metabolism

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There is willow bark extract which decongests the skin and tightens pores, as well as alpha-lipoic acid to give skin a bright, healthy glow. Micaela English, Town & Country, "The 4-Step Skin Care Plan I Am Hooked On For Life," 18 Mar. 2015 It has been used in conjunction with alpha-lipoic acid to alleviate diabetic neuropathy (Minerva Medica, October 2017). Houston Chronicle, "Vicks VapoRub for poison ivy itch," 8 July 2018

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First Known Use of lipoic acid

circa 1951, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for lipoic acid

lip-, lipo-

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lipoic acid

noun
li·​po·​ic acid | \li-ˌpō-ik-, lī- \

Medical Definition of lipoic acid 

: any of several microbial growth factors especially : a crystalline compound C8H14O2S2 that is essential for the oxidation of alpha-keto acids (as pyruvic acid) in metabolism

called also protogen

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